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  • Series Premiere Date: Apr 16, 2006
  • Season #: 1 , 2
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  • Starring: Barry Watson, Sarah Lancaster, Rick Gomez
  • Summary: This mix of comedy and drama follows the lives of a group of seven friends, including its only unmarried member, Brian (7th Heaven's Barry Watson), who works at a videogame company in Los Angeles. J.J. Abrams (Lost) is among the executive producers.
  • Genre(s): Drama
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 21
  2. Negative: 11 out of 21
  1. 75
    There's peril in traveling the well-worn path of unrequited love and adulterous wives. But what makes this beginning of "Brian" work is that the characters are nicely drawn archetypes, not stereotypes.
  2. 75
    It's styled as a sort of laid-back Gen X updating of "thirtysomething," replacing that show's neuroses-fueled, East Coast edge with a more casual, lighthearted California vibe.
  3. 60
    "Brian" is easy, harmless viewing, sliding down the gullet as smoothly and reassuring as a glass of California merlot.
  4. It's not only unimpressive. Parts of it are uncomfortable.
  5. "What About Brian" is "Prison Break," except the prison is a man's feelings and escape involves eluding the warden of his doubts, and we're talking maximum-security misgivings.
  6. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    30
    Like a sunnier version of thirtysomething, lacking only the inspired casting, the insightful writing and the wrenching realism.
  7. 0
    [The] characters are so charmless, it's as if they were created on purpose to actually repel viewership - a TV first.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 91 out of 98
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 98
  3. Negative: 7 out of 98